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Course summary

The Degree in Social Work was introduced in 2004 to meet the requirements of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council, which, along with other Councils, agreed that all social work training would be offered at Honours degree level. One of the main features is the introduction of a pre-registration year. This means that when you complete the degree, you will then have to successfully undertake an assessed year in employment before being eligible for full registration as a Social Worker with the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. Within Northern Ireland, this is called the 'Assessed Year in Employment' The programme is for those who intend to work as professional social workers and includes a substantial element of practice learning. The programme includes underpinning relevant theory in the social sciences, including social policy, psychology, sociology and law, the focus of the programme is on the development of skills, values, and knowledge required for social work practice. You must successfully complete a preparation for practice module prior to undertaking supervised practice learning on placement. The design and delivery of this ‘fast track’ degree programme are premised on the relevant graduate qualities of the applicant in meeting the demands of this accelerated learning programme.


This course is recognised by the Northern Ireland Social Care Council as the professional qualification for social workers in Northern Ireland. The design and delivery of this ‘fast track’ degree programme is premised on the relevant graduate qualities of the applicant in meeting the demands of this accelerated learning programme. In acknowledging the reality of meeting the requirements of the degree within the limits of the academic timetable, the Northern Ireland Social Care Council require students to partake in Professional Development Days (additional to the scheduled timetable,15 days each year), in acquiring key knowledge for university and practice learning. More information is provided regarding these at Induction.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Northern Ireland Social Care Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)



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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4750 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4750 Year 1
EU £16320 Year 1
International £16320 Year 1

Additional fee information

Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at

Sponsorship information

The Department of Health Social Work Incentive Scheme is available to eligible students (approx. value £4500 per annum).

Social Work (Graduate Entry) at Ulster University - UCAS